Charles Bridge, Prague

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    compulsory...

    by iaint Updated Dec 7, 2015

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    Everyone does it. You can see why, between the statues etc on the bridge, the river views from it, and the vistas of the rest of the city.

    I think everyone also knows it gets totally overcrowded! Go 1st thing in the morning!

    Address: Karluv Most

    Directions: Connecting Old Town and Lesser Town

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    Charles Bridge (Karluv most)

    by slothtraveller Written Oct 11, 2015

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    Tourists flock to this bridge in their droves. It is a lovely bridge to stroll across although the amount of footfall it gets does mean you tend to get carried across in a wave of bodies. The allure of Charles Bridge is understandable though. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site dotted with many beautifully ornate statues. The view over the Vltava river is also very picturesque and worthy of a few photos. There is a statue of Charles IV on the Old Town side of the bridge.
    Be aware of your belongings while walking across Charles Bridge. The sheer amount of people who traverse it makes it a prime spot for pickpocketing. There are lots of people playing music and selling paintings and other crafts on the bridge so enjoy your stroll but keep your wits about you.

    Address: Karluv most, Prague

    Directions: Connecting Old Town and Lesser Town

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    Enjoy The Buskers And Artists, but note...

    by johngayton Written Mar 15, 2015

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    When the sun's shining, Charles Bridge explodes into its most vibrant persona with its buskers, artists and craft sellers crowding into every available space on both sides of the pedestrian-only roadway.

    The standard, and variety, of the performers, artists and artisans is exceptional. On any given day the musical offerings can range from operatic soloists to six-piece jazz ensembles. Artists include caricaturists, painters and photographers whilst artisans sell their craft jewellery, scented candles and unique souvenirs.

    Set against the backdrop of one of Europe's best-preserved Medieval bridges, decorated with its statuary and with superb views up and down the river, the bridge's artistic community provide a unique tourist attraction, and one which is deservedly popular. There's no entry fee and visitors can browse the wares at will, enjoying the background music and the almost fairground atmosphere.

    This is not however an amateur free-for-all for the buskers and artists. Everything is regulated by the non-profit Charles Bridge Artists Association who license the performers and exhibitors and charge a daily fee for use of the space taken. A licence costs 500 CZK for three months and the daily fees are 350 CZK per square meter for selling or exhibiting and 210 CZK per square metre for musical performers. Licences are only granted after approval by the association's committee and the group employs marshals to ensure that performers and exhibitors have the necessary permit.

    These marshals also act as an informal "tourist police", keeping an eye out for undesirable behaviour, pickpockets & etc. whilst at the same time they provide general tourist information and advice. The Artists Association also contribute to the bridge's upkeep including working with the city art gallery maintaining the sculptures and providing suitable litter bins.

    What is basically a "freebie" for tourists is in fact a business for the musicians and artists, a business that gives them their livelihood as well as contributing to the upkeep of the bridge itself.

    So, even if you don't actually buy anything please do chuck a bit of spare change into your favourite musician's hat and support the local economy.

    Address: Karluv most

    Directions: Connecting Old Town and Lesser Town

    Website: http://www.charlesbridge.cz/home.html

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    Happenings on Charles Bridge

    by GracesTrips Updated Aug 31, 2014

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    I believe this is one of the "must see" tourist attractions in Prague, the Charles Bridge. Not quite like a circus but it is busy, crowded and touristy. Lots of souvenirs for sale and street performers trying their best to sell CD's and make their tips. The bridge tower is impressive. The views from the bridge are great!

    It crosses the Vltava River and was built 1158-1172. Damaged by a flood in 1342 and again partial damage in 1432 and 1496. The new bridge was then called Charles Bridge since 1870.

    Address: Karluv most

    Directions: Connectiong Old Town and Lesser Town

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    Impossible to miss

    by solopes Updated Jul 30, 2014

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    Don't worry about location, accesses or anything else concerning this bridge.

    "All the roads lead to Rome" except here: all the streets and people seem to converge to this wonderful bridge, where statues mix with living artists.

    Built in the end of the 14th century, it was, until 1841 the only way to cross the Vltava river. Protected by towers at both ends, it is decorated with many statues.

    Address: Karluv most

    Directions: Connectiong Old Town and Lesser Town

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    Charles (Karl) Bridge

    by kris-t Updated Oct 14, 2013

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    Prague's 13th century Charles Bridge is undoubtedly a top priority on your list of sights to visit.

    The bridge is 516 meters long and nearly 10 m wide, resting on 16 arches shielded by ice guards.

    It is protected by three bridge towers, two of them on the Lesser Quarter side and the third one on the Old Town side.

    The bridge is decorated by a continuous alley of 30 statues and statuaries (most of them baroque-style) erected around 1700 plus Statue of Bruncvik near the bridge:

    - Statue of Christ the Saviour with St. Cosmas and St. Damian
    - Statue of St. Wenceslas
    - Statue of John of Nepomuk
    - Statue of St. Vitus
    - Statue of St. Nicholas of Tolentino
    - Statue of St. Judas Thaddeus
    - Statue of St. Ludmila with little Wenceslas
    - Statue of St. John the Baptist
    - Statue of Pieta (Lamenting of Christ)
    - Statue of St. Anne
    - Statue of St. Barbara, St. Margaret and St. Elizabeth
    - Statue of St. Cyril and St. Methodius
    - Statue of St. Francis Borgia
    - Statue of St. Francis Seraph
    - Statue of St. Francis Xavier
    - Statue of St. Ivo
    - Statue of St. John of Matha, St. Felix of Valois and St. Ivan
    - Statue of St. Luthgard
    - Statue of St. Norbert, St. Wenceslas and St. Sigismund
    - Statue of St. Vincent of Ferrara and St. Procopius
    - Statue of The Madonna and St. Bernard
    - Statue of The Madonna, St. Dominic and St. Thomas Aquinas
    - Statue of The St. Cross with Calvary
    - Statue of St. Adalbert
    - Statue of St. Anthony of Padua with baby Jesus
    - Statue of St. Augustine
    - Statue of St. Cajetan
    - Statue of St. Christopher
    - Statue of St. Philip Benitius
    - Statue of St. Joseph

    Today most of the statues are copies as various floods and catastrophes over the centuries have damaged the originals.

    Address: Prague, Downtown

    Directions: near by Prague Castle

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    Charles (Karl) Bridge

    by kris-t Updated Oct 14, 2013

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    King Charles IV's favourite architect and builder, Peter Parler, originally built the present day bridge. The initial idea was to build a functional construction for knight tournaments, and for many years the only decoration on the bridge was a simple crucifix. Later the Catholic desire for ornamentation resulted in 30 statues being built (1600-1800 AD).

    There are towers at both ends of the bridge - the Old Town Bridge Tower on the Old Town side and the Lesser Town Bridge Towers on the Mala Strana side.

    Address: Old Town , Charles Bridge

    Directions: Prague 1

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    Landmarks - Charles Bridge - Karluv most

    by croisbeauty Updated Oct 1, 2013

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    Karluv most (Charles Bridge) is probably the only location in Prague through which every visitor must pass. It is said that the bridges connecting the two banks, but also the people who live on these shores. Karluv most, however, is far more than that, this bridge is the heart and soul of the city of Prague. Suppose this bridge is subtracted from Prague, the city will sink into mediocrity and obscurity. Charles Bridge is the lifeblood and the symbol of Prague.
    The construction of the bridge started in 1357, under the auspices of King Charles IV, and finished in the beginning of the 15th century. The bridge was originally called Kamenny most (the Stone Bridge) and its actual name dates from 1870.

    Address: Karluv most

    Directions: Connectiong Old Town and Lesser Town

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    Charles Bridge - the statuetes

    by croisbeauty Updated Oct 1, 2013

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    Charles Bridge is richly decorated with the sculptures and each one in its own way communicate with passerby. There are 30 statues mounted to the balustrade of the bridge forming two rows, one on each side.
    The statue of St. John of Nepomuk is the oldest on the bridge. In 1393 the saint was thrown from the bridge into the river where he drowned. It is believed that touching his statue would bring good fortune and to ensure that the visitor will return to the city of Prague.
    The Crucifix and Calvary sculpture is historically the most interesting. The original wooden crucifix was installed at the bridge in 1361 but than destroyed by the Hussites in 1419.
    The vast majority of other sculptures on the bridge was set in the 18th and 19th century.

    Address: Karluv most

    Directions: Connectiong Old Town and Lesser Town

    The Crucifix and Calvary saints John of Matha, Felix and Ivan St. Ivo

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    Charles Bridge museum

    by kris-t Updated Sep 30, 2013

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    Find out more about the mediaeval construction of the Charles Bridge - a unique historical sight and one of the symbols of Prague.

    You will also unravel the truth about the recent Charles Bridge repairs.

    Entry fees: 150.00 Czk

    You can buy the 4-in-1 ticket. Its price includes the cruise through Prague Venice, entrances to the Charles Bridge Museum, Museum of Alchemists and the Mysteriae Pragensis Museum.
    Adults 380,00 Czk
    children 250,00 Czk

    Museum open:
    Summer season - May to September
    Monday to Sunday
    between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m.

    Winter season - October to April
    Monday to Sunday
    between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

    Address: Krizovnicke namesti 3, 110 00 Rraga 1

    Directions: Steps from Charles Bridge

    Website: http://www.charlesbridgemuseum.com/

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    CHARLES BRIDGE

    by balhannah Updated Sep 14, 2013

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    Charles Bridge - Everybody knows about it and I think everybody would walk over it on their visit to Prague, after all, it is the MOST VISITED ATTRACTION IN PRAGUE!
    The Bridge is known for the many statues of saints that are on either side for the whole length of the Bridge. On a not so happy note, it is known for PICKPOCKETS and for being CROWDED and for souvenir sellers and Artists!

    The Bridge dates back to 1347, back then it was called the Stone Bridge, or Prague Bridge, before being named Charles Bridge in 1870, after its founder King Charles IV.
    What I enjoyed the most, were the 30 stone statues of saints and important people, added between 1683 and 1928. These are no longer the originals, they are housed in the Lapidarium museum in Holešovice.
    Another legend says to find the spot where St. John was thrown from the bridge, it's marked by a small brass cross, and make a wish.
    Originally, all the Charles Bridge had was a wooden cross that was placed at its center. In the 17th century the cross was replaced by a bronze crucifix, then first statue - St. John of Nepomuk was added in 1683.
    The views from the bridge are great, and if you want to see more, then go on a boat cruise that takes you under Charles Bridge.

    It is pedestrian only, so no need to worry about being run over!
    April was a good time to visit, not a lot of people around then and good weather.

    Address: Karluv most

    Directions: Connectiong Old Town and Lesser Town

    Website: http://www.praguewelcome.cz/en/visit/monuments/top-monuments/55-charles-bridge.shtml

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    CARICATURE ARTIST'S!

    by balhannah Written Sep 14, 2013

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    From what I could see in Prague in the way of caricature artists, Charles Bridge was the best place to find them. Here, there a so many with their work on show, that you can have a browse and decide who you would like to do yourself!
    I guess they make a living, otherwise they wouldn't be there! I only saw one person having the Artist draw them!
    I did see the prices, but now can't remember - sorry!

    Address: Charles Bridge

    Directions: Connectiong Old Town and Lesser Town

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    CHARLES BRIDGE - OTHER STATUES -2

    by balhannah Written Sep 14, 2013

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    THE STATUE OF ST. IVO is next to the Old Bridge Tower
    This statue is from 1711, and was donated by the Law Faculty of the Prague University as St. Ivo is Patron of Lawyers. The statue shows an allegorical depiction of Justice. I wonder if the students who came here and prayed before the statue, if they did well in their exams?

    My next photo is of the MADONNA & SAINT BERNARD.
    This sandstone statuary was created in 1709, and donated by Benedict Littwerig, an Abbot of the Cistercian Monastery in Osek. It is the first statue beside the old town Tower.
    This statue has a lot of detail, which includes the Virgin Mary holding baby Jesus in her arms, a kneeling St. Bernard, the founder of the Cistercian Order and many Angels. The Angels are holding the symbols of Jesus Christ’s suffering - a cross, spikes, hammer and pliers, a rooster (that crowed three times when Apostle Peter denied Christ), a miraculous imprint of Christ’s face in Veronica’s scarf and dice with which soldiers played for Christ’s clothes.
    As with the other statues, there are Latin inscriptions.

    THE STATUE OF ST. JOHN OF NEPOMUK
    Is probably the most famous on the bridge, and the one that receives the most attention.
    The statue was dedicated the same year as the assumed 300th anniversary of the death of St. John of Nepomuk - He was tortured to death in 1393.
    The five stars around his head,supposedly appeared above the water when the saint was thrown in into the water. He is the only saint from the Christian pantheon who can be portrayed with stars around his head.
    I thought where the statue was placed would be where he was thrown into the water, this isn't the case, it is between the statue of St. John the Baptist and statuary of St. Norbert, St. Wenceslas and St. Sigismund where the archiepiscopal cross is mounted on the bridge balustrade.

    These days, everybody wants to rub the statue for good luck and to bring them back to Prague. Because of this, you usually have somebody in your photo!

    Address: Karluv most

    Directions: Connectiong Old Town and Lesser Town

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    CHARLES BRIDGE - SOME OTHER STATUES

    by balhannah Written Sep 14, 2013

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    Statue of St. Cajetan is from 1709, and was donated by the Prague Convent of the Theatines (Cajetanians). St. Cajetan is standing in front of a tall triangular obelisk covered with clouds and the heads of angels that symbolizes the Holy Trinity, above is a heart, which once had wings, they are no longer! If you can read latin, then you can read the inscription on the book " But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matthew 6:33." Who was St. Cajetan? "The Theatine, the founder of the Order, who lived the life of an apostle."

    My next photo is of the "Statuary of the St. Cross with Calvary"
    This monument is a little different as it was built over several centuries and has seen some interesting times!
    The Cross was the first part of the statue, standing there all alone until destroyed by the Hussites. A second Cross was erected. This was to be taken down, as Elizabeth Stuart was visiting. She was said not to like veneration statues nor the sight of the naked Jesus Christ! She left before they had a chance to take the statue down!
    Another incident with this statue, was when a Prague Jew sneered at the Cross. His punishment was to raise enough money to purchase the gold-plated Hebrew letters to be placed around the head of the statue, spelling out "Holy, Holy, Holy, the Lord of Hosts." Not a happy time for Prague Jews, as they not only had to pay for the letters referring to God, but also look at them - quite humiliating!
    So now, all is at peace, and we can view the Statue with Jesus, the Virgin Mary and St. John the Baptist and see frogs, lizards and other creatures made in stone as decoration on the sculpture.
    The place in front of the cross is considered sacred and was where important events were declared and grand declarations read.
    As you can see in the photo, people have been rubbing the statue.

    Address: Charles Bridge

    Directions: Connectiong Old Town and Lesser Town

    Website: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_statues_on_Charles_Bridge#Statue_of_the_Holy_Savior_with_Cosmas_and_Damian

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    CHARLES BRIDGE STATUES

    by balhannah Written Sep 14, 2013

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    Altogether, there are 30 statues on Charles Bridge - 15 on each side. I didn't take photo's of all of them, just the ones I rather liked.
    The majority of the Statues are Baroque, most created in the 17th & 18th centuries. The statues today, are replica's of the originals. One statue probably a lot of people miss, is hidden at the top of the stairwell in the Old Town bridge tower. It depicts a jailer and is believed to be from the turn of the 15th century.
    A donation from an Abbot of Strahov Monastery in 1853, enabled the statues of St. Norbert, St. Wenceslas and St. Sigismund to be made. St. Norbert is in the middle, St. Sigismund is on his right and St. Wenceslas, holding a flag, is on his left.

    Address: Karluv most

    Directions: Connectiong Old Town and Lesser Town

    Website: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_statues_on_Charles_Bridge#Statue_of_the_Holy_Savior_with_Cosmas_and_Damian

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